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  • Writer's pictureW. Austin Gardner

Missionary Radio

Missionary Radio. For almost a hundred years the church in its missionary meetings has been singing, “Give the winds a mighty voice.” These familiar words took on new meaning when the first missionary radio station, HCJB in Ecuador, went on the air on Christmas Day in 1931 with a tiny 250-watt transmitter which barely covered the city of Quito. Since those humble beginnings, we have progressed to the place where there are now approximately sixty-five radio stations owned and operated by various missionary agencies, to say nothing of tens of thousands of Christian programs aired every week over commercial stations. Some of these stations are among the most powerful in the world.

J. Herbert Kane, A Concise History of the Christian World Mission: A Panoramic View of Missions from Pentecost to the Present, Revised Edition (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1982), 107.

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